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The Inspectorate SZW

The Inspectorate SZW works for fair, healthy and safe working conditions and socio-economic security for everyone.

Supervision and investigation tasks

  • Supervision of compliance with the regulations in the area of working conditions and the prevention of major hazards involving dangerous substances.
  • Supervision of compliance with the regulations concerning illegal employment and minimum wages.
  • Offering an insight into the effectiveness of the system of work and income by studying the implementation of social security acts by the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV), the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) and municipalities.
  • Detection of fraud, exploitation and organised crime within the chain of work and income (labour exploitation, human trafficking and large scale fraud in the area of social security).This is carried out under the direction of the Public Prosecution Service.

The Inspectorate SZW also monitors risks and relevant developments in the policy fields of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and reports these to ministers, state secretaries and policy makers.

Smarter, more effective and more efficient supervision

The Inspectorate SZW combines the organisations and the activities of the former Labour Inspectorate, the Work and Income Inspectorate and the Social and Intelligence Investigation Service of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

By combining the three organisations, the supervision of the compliance with rules and regulations across the whole range of Social Affairs and Employment is organised in a smarter, more effective and more efficient way. This is done on the basis of SZW-wide risk analyses and by applying a smart mix of:

  • preventive actions (information about rights and obligations);
  • inspections;
  • investigations;
  • repressive interventions (such as fines and the enforcement of criminal law).

Structure of the Inspectorate SZW

The Inspectorate SZW has the following directorates:

  • Labour Market Fraud:
    supervises the observation of the Foreign Nationals Employment Act, the Minimum Wage and Minimum Holiday Allowance Act and the Placement of Personnel by Intermediaries Act (to combat illegal labour, evasion of the minimum wage, labour exploitation, dishonest job mediation and other forms of labour market fraud);
  • Working Conditions:
    supervises the observation of the Working Conditions Act and the Working Hours Act (to promote safe and healthy working conditions and work and rest periods for employees);
  • Major Hazard Control:
    supervises the observance of the Major Accidents (Risk) Decree 2015 and the Additional Risk Assessment and Evaluation (to limit the risks for employees and the environment of companies that work with large quantities of hazardous substances);
  • Investigations:
    is responsible for the criminal enforcement with regard to labour market fraud, labour exploitation, (organised) benefit fraud, fraud with labour-related subsidies and healthcare fraud;
  • Work and Income:
    executes a system-oriented supervision of the system of implementation of social security acts;
  • Analysis, Programming and Monitoring (APS):
    is responsible for strategy development and programming of supervision and investigation activities, risk analyses, monitoring, measuring effects and the communication activities;
  • Inspectorate Support & Information Management:
    is responsible for the operational management, inspectorate support, front office and imposing and collecting administrative fines and penalty payments.

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Priorities Inspectorate SZW

The Inspectorate SZW is selective in its supervision. It determines its priorities on the basis of risk analyses that cover the entire policy field of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Thus the Inspectorate can use its capacity efficiently and successfully where it is really needed.

On the basis of the results of the risk analysis the Inspectorate has allocated a high priority to the following task areas:

  • notorious offenders;
  • illegal employment;
  • labour exploitation;
  • pretence constructions;
  • companies with a structurally poor score in the field of safety in the workplace;
  • companies that work with hazardous substances;
  • benefit fraud.

If changing circumstances give cause to this, the set priorities will be adapted.

Stricter Enforcement and Sanctions Act

The Social Affairs and Employment Stricter Enforcement and Sanctions Act has come into force as of 1 January 2013. The Inspectorate SZW monitors for contraventions of employment legislation, such as illegal work or inadequate working conditions. Punishment and fines will be stricter than prior to 2013.

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